The funding is for programs that strengthen social harmony and combat antisemitism and Islamophobia.
Both communities will receive $3 million.
Funding to support Islamic communities will go to the following:
- Islamic Museum of Australia
- Islamic Council of Victoria
- Melbourne Grand Mosque
- Board of Imams Victoria.
The Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights will receive funding to support the well-being of women and young people who have experienced vilification.
They will also deliver an online campaign focused on building an understanding of Islamophobia and promoting social harmony in the wider community.
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria consortium will use their funding to deliver grassroots activities that combat antisemitism and strengthen the resilience of Jewish communities.
The consortium includes the following:
- Jewish Community Council of Victoria
- Zionism Victoria
- Community Security Group.
Melbourne Holocaust Museum will also receive funding to:
- provide an advocacy program
- upgrade existing awareness-raising programs focused on reducing antisemitism and vilification.
We are committed to ensuring Victoria remains inclusive. We want all Victorians to feel safe and supported to practice their faiths and traditions.
We will continue to work with communities to address antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents and foster social harmony.